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A Guide to Switching Development Teams in the Midst of a Project

  • A Guide to Switching Development Teams in the Midst of a Project-

    Start with the contract; do you own the code?

    Clear and precise designation of who owns the code base for a software project is possibly one of the most crucial areas a company should attend to. If you don't own the code, transitioning to a new development team can be a nightmare.

    Contractual aspects such as a 'termination cause' and specified ownership of the code base can make the transition between development teams much less painful. A termination clause will specifically detail how documentation and code must be handed over to the client.

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A Guide to Switching Development Teams in the Midst of a Project

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    Start with the contract; do you own the code?

    Clear and precise designation of who owns the code base for a software project is possibly one of the most crucial areas a company should attend to. If you don't own the code, transitioning to a new development team can be a nightmare.

    Contractual aspects such as a 'termination cause' and specified ownership of the code base can make the transition between development teams much less painful. A termination clause will specifically detail how documentation and code must be handed over to the client.

There are countless horror stories of seemingly straightforward $5 million software projects turning into $200 million process disruptions. When projects are stymied and development teams check out, the act of bridging the gap between the initial team's exit and the arrival of the new development team can be complicated.

When starting out with a development project, there are optimistic goals and friendly introductions. But as tickets begin to pile up and communication breakdown sets in, there is a certain undeniable point where companies must part ways with their hired software development team.

To help alleviate the stress of switching teams, Icreon Tech compiled a list of the most important factors that play into a successful transition. By paying attention to documentation, contract formation, third-party relationship, collaboration tools and takeover expectations, businesses can alleviate the pain and loss of resources associated with changing development teams in the middle of a project.